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AB in Philosophy in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a four-year degree program that provides students with an understanding of different philosophical theories regarding human nature, society, civilization, culture, and religion. The program teaches students how to analyze philosophical arguments and texts, construct good arguments and present arguments in a logical way. It also has special emphasis on Philippine culture, arts, politics, and folkways.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in AB in Philosophy are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Formal Logic
  • Philosophy of a Person
  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Narrative Philosophy
  • Literature as Philosophy

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of AB in Philosophy are expected to be able to:

  • Have a critical understanding of philosophical perspectives
  • Apply philosophical theories, principles, and models in development work
  • Conduct philosophical research and methods
  • Adhere to ethical standards and practices in the industry

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in educational institutes and organizations. Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

The AB in Philosophy does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of AB in Philosophy may pursue a career path as a philosophy professor or lecturer at a higher education institute. Most of the Philosophy graduates opt to pursue Graduates Studies to pursue their teaching profession.

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Reviews of AB in Philosophy graduates:

S. J.
◈ Studied AB Philosophy
◈ At De La Salle University Dasmariñas
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletWhy did I choose Philosophy: This was my 3rd course, I was about to shift my course to Political Science from Engineering but I didn't meet the required GPA.

list bulletAbout my college education: - I learned that if you say you "think" in every word you said, you are not thinking, because you are just thinking that you are thinking, therefore, you are not thinking. Credits to Mr Rommel Mazo.
- There is no difficult subject, it's all in the mind, everything will be done and accomplish as long as you manage your time and proper resources.
- I learned how to read and enjoy what I'm reading, it can take you to places, believe me.
-failing is an option, if you are not prepared you will really fail.take notes, it works for me. People shift courses because they are not content with the learning or they became more interested than the other.

list bulletMy current job: I am a customer service rep for a life insurance company that deals with crazy customers everyday but hey, it's the language that feeds. I am also a Chef, I studied Culinary Arts while working.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation, I immediately applied and was hired in less than 1 month due to the demise of my mother.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Philosophy: You can apply on every company in the metro and there is a job waiting for you, all you have to do is to choose on what career do you want to take. Salary ranges from 15k to 50k, depends on the company.
It will help you on your decision making not only with your job but life as a whole perse.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: This course is fun, you can discuss the arguement of the egg and chicken and discuss this in an intelligent manner, believe me the chicken comes first. You will understand life and twitch your ideologies. It is up to you on what to live by. Most are liberal and free thinkers. Our education system during primary and secondary was designed for us to shut up. In philosophy there is no right or wrong answer, only absurd. You can be a master of everything
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